One Point Lesson #10

Grammar

Double Comparatives / Superlatives

We basically add –er or -est to a word when comparing things, people, events, actions, or ideas. We call these words as Comparatives and Superlatives.

Remember;

*We use comparatives in comparing 2 subjects and we normally have the–er ending to such word.

*We use superlatives in comparing 3 or more subjects and we normally have the –est ending to such word.

 

Examples

large – larger / largest

big – bigger / biggest

bloody – bloodier / bloodiest

bold – bolder / boldest

brave – braver / bravest

bright – brighter / brightest

slim – slimmer / slimmest

calm – calmer / calmest

sweet – sweeter / sweetest

As an ESL teacher, it is quite common to hear students say “ more stronger” or “most fastest” when comparing things or people.

Please take note that it is not correct to use the comparative form of words  (–er) and the word “more”. Likewise, it is wrong to use “most” and superlative form of words (–est).

Please check the sentences below:
Wrong: He is more stronger than his brother.

Correct: He is stronger than his brother.

 

Wrong: He is the most fasters runner in his class.

Correct: He is the fastest runner in his class.

So how can we avoid these mistakes? Simply memorize the words that require “more” and “most” and the words that just end with –er and –est.

Examples:

aggressive – more aggressive / most aggressive

beautiful – more beautiful / most beautiful

clever – more clever / most clever

difficult – more difficult / most difficult

expensive – more expensive / most expensive

famous – more famous / most famous

intelligent – more intelligent / most intelligent

interesting – more interesting / most interesting

modern – more modern / most modern

perfect – more perfect / most perfect

polite – more polite / most polite

popular – more polite / most polite

tired – more tired / most tired

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